Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts)
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.
Technology is an integral part of today's musical world. The creation and distribution of music have been transformed by digital technology. The arts, entertainment, creative and media industries are huge global enterprises in which music and sound play vital roles. The focus of Sonic Arts is on creative use of contemporary digital technologies. Students undertake studies in composition, studio recording, live performance and digital media, providing a solid conceptual and practical foundation to build a career in this rapidly expanding field. Specialist studies include courses in music for games and film, interactive design and computer music composition.
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SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au 2017 CSP ATAR 65 2017 CSP IB 24 Deferment Yes - 2 year Mid-year entry Subject to availability Intake February and July Enquiries Ask Adelaide Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your year 12 Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is used in the case of a tie-breaker. This program may not be deferred. Assumed Knowledge A familiarity with computer systems and software, music software and hardware. Additional Entry RequirementsAll Bachelor of Music (Sonic Arts) students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to attend an audition/interview.
The audition/interview will assess each applicant's current skill level and potential for future studies and offers will be made on the basis of the audition/interview score, academic achievement and the musicianship test. The Musicianship test aims to assess the applicant's general level of musicianship, which involves the ability to identify and recognise musical concepts within aural, written and theoretical contexts.
To apply for an audition/interview and for details regarding audition rounds, Musicianship test and the application process, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music https://music.adelaide.edu.au/future/auditions/requirements/
Alternative entry pathways
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au
- Higher Education applicants
You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your best GPA is used in the case of a tie-breaker. This program may not be deferred.
- VET applicants
You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Further ranking according to the level of TAFE award is undertaken in the case of a tie-breaker. This program may not be deferred.
- Special Entry applicants
You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
- Without formal qualifications?
You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
- Other Entry Pathways
CRICOS 002801F Intake February and July
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70 International Baccalaureate (IB) 25 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65 ISC & CBSE [India] 60% ISBE [India] 70% SAT [US] 1120 Abitur 3.7 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70 Eynesbury Foundation Program 339 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
International Qualifications Music Theory/Practice Assumed Knowledge Advanced practical skills relevant to chosen specialisation
Additional Entry RequirementsInternational students applying to the Elder Conservatorium of Music are required to submit a folio of works, depending on the area of study for which they are applying. The folio will be assessed for musical achievement and potential for study at degree level. Folios must address the criteria specific to the applicant's instrument/area of study.
For information regarding audition requirements, please visit the Elder Conservatorium of Music https://music.adelaide.edu.au/future/auditions/requirements/
Applicants who are living in Adelaide may be asked to attend an in-person audition, off-shore auditions may be available in selected locations.
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Music Technologist, Entertainment Industry, Recording Artist / Musician, Broadcaster, Composer, Producer, Sound Engineer
A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.
To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and ExchangeIt is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive further information and advice.
There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Music students:
> Simpson College (US)
> University of Canterbury (NZ)
> McGill University (Canada)
> University of Southampton (UK)
The Sonic Arts major in the Bachelor of Music provides the knowledge and skills needed for careers in this diverse and ever-growing field. Sonic Arts incorporates all of the applications of contemporary technology to sound and music. Students are given an in-depth understanding of the principles underlying the use of technology, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. After completing a foundation course in music technology, students are offered a wide variety of courses dealing with computer music composition, interactivity, sound design, computer game audio, film sound, instrument building, software design, and sound engineering. Group performance projects and individual research projects are an integral part of the program.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year 1 ARTS 1007
The Enquiring Mind
(semester 1 or 2)
Music Technology Foundations
Musicianship Fundamentals 1A
Sound & Media
Sonic Arts in Practice 1
[Prerequisite of MUSONIC 1000]
Musicianship Fundamentals 1B
Year 2 Broadening/Music Elective MUSONIC 2820
Sound Design for Film II
Sound Design for Games II
Circuit Bending and Hardware Hacking
From Elvis to YouTube
Broadening/Music Elective MUSONIC 2020
Interaction Design & the Sonic Arts 2 (Even Years)
Computer Music Composition 2 (Odd Years)
Sonic Arts in Practice 2
Music, Media & Contemporary Society
Year 3 Broadening/Music Elective
Sound Design for Film III
Sound Design for Games III
Advanced Sound Engineering 3
Interaction Design & the Sonic Arts 3 (even years)
Computer Music Composition 3 (odd years)
Sonic Arts in Practice 3
Music Research 3
Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017